A Neon Genesis Evangelion Manga Hints at an Eva Multiverse

Neon Genesis Evangelion has had some strange spinoffs, but Campus Apocalypse indicates they might all coexist together in a multiverse.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic of anime and manga, and as such it's had a wide variety of spin-offs and adaptations, casting familiar EVA characters in new worlds and new conflicts. They're often so different from each other that it's hard to even recognize them as the same story, but at least one of these manga claims that all these stories are just a part of one big Evangelion multiverse.

One of the more unusual adaptations is Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse, written and illustrated by Ming Ming and first released in English in 2010, which amps up the Christian overtones of the story by changing the setting to that of a Catholic high school. Many of Evangelion's angels take on human forms in this series, providing them with some characterization that's absent from nearly all other adaptations. Familiar elements like AT fields and Evas are present, but since Campus Apocalypse has such a wildly different story, they're often not used in the same way, with the Evas manifesting as handheld weapons. There are also plenty of new pieces of the puzzle thrown in, with the most interesting being the World Tree, Yggdrasil.

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Drawn straight from Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a way of describing the multiverse, with different dimensions and timelines branching off from one another like the roots, leaves, and branches of a tree. It's revealed that the Angels are beings that exist outside of reality, for the express purpose of supporting Yggdrasil and keeping the multiverse from collapsing in on itself. Their incursions into the reality of humans are borne of a desire to escape this existence, but the Angels aren't the only ones who are hopping the barriers of reality, and that's a problem for everyone. Rather than being an alternate continuity, works coexist in this world tree together.

 

The idea of a multiverse has been hinted at in other Evangelion works, but never so clearly defined as it is in Campus Apocalypse. In the Rebuild of Evangelion films, for example, Kaworu is shown awakening on the Moon, stepping out of a coffin-like device before musing that he's eager to "meet Shinji again." There are several already opened coffins before him, and several more unopened ones after, which all come together to imply that Kaworu remembers other iterations of the Evangelion story. This also offers an explanation for Kaworu's instantaneous and unwavering devotion to Shinji--he's lived through these other timelines and still has all the feelings towards Shinji from those worlds. Creator of the original Evangelion series, Hideaki Anno, has even said that "Evangelion is a story that repeats," and the Japanese title for the film includes the repeat symbol used in music, which indicates returning to the beginning and starting over.

A multiverse is the best option for a story like this, allowing each incarnation to exist simultaneously, as the timeless beings known as Angels attempt to interfere again and again. As the latest cycle of Neon Genesis Evangelion draws to a close, Campus Apocalypse assures fans that everything they've seen is still out there somewhere, just another branch on the ever-growing World Tree.

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Chris Hemsworth Shares Funny Low-Budget Thor: Love & Thunder Poster

Chris Hemsworth shares a funny first "poster" for Thor: Love and Thunder featuring himself and director Taika Waititi as they near the end of filming.

Chris Hemsworth shares a very low-budget Thor: Love and Thunder poster featuring him and director Taika Waititi. Marvel Studios gave the god of thunder a tonal makeover with Thor: Ragnarok by bringing Waititi aboard. After two Shakespearan and more serious solo films, the writer/director injected Thor's movies with an overwhelming comedic nature, a crazier story, and more zany visuals. This led to  saving the franchise and Marvel Studios quickly working to bring Waititi and Hemsworth back for another go-around.

Hemsworth and Waititi have been hard at work on Thor: Love and Thunder since the beginning of 2021 when production kicked off in Australia. It didn't take long for set photos to surface showing Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy on a new adventure and sporting new looks. However, Marvel Studios has done a fairly good job of keeping additional looks at the highly anticipated MCU blockbuster under wraps. Fans are now patiently waiting for some official Thor: Love and Thunder marketing materials to arrive, and Hemsworth has delivered a very low-budget, unofficial first poster.

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In a new Instagram post, Hemsworth had fun sharing the first Thor: Love and Thunder "poster." The image shows him and Waititi in a trailer on the set of Thor 4. Hemsworth is wearing a baseball hat with the movie's logo on it and a wig for Thor's long locks underneath. Waititi is directly behind his right shoulder striking a pose for the poster. According to Hemsworth, this Thor: Love and Thunder poster has a clear message that there will be plenty of love and thunder in the movie. Check out the photo below:

This first "poster" is another example of how Hemsworth and Waititi continue to have fun during their second collaboration. It is clear that the two of them are loving working together in the MCU again. Not only is Waititi directing Hemsworth and having fun in that regard, but he is also reprising his role as Korg in Thor: Love and Thunder. This should put Hemsworth and Waititi on set filming scenes together once more, and we can only imagine the type of shenanigans that take place when they become screen partners.

As for when Thor: Love and Thunder's marketing will actually begin, fans should be prepared to wait a while longer. The movie isn't even done filming at the moment. There are also five MCU movies that will be released prior to Thor 4's theatrical release. Marvel Studios' marketing focus will be on those movies, plus all of the MCU Disney+ shows, for the time being. Instead, the marketing campaign for Thor: Love and Thunder will likely begin by the end of 2021, given its May 2022 release date. Perhaps the first trailer will be released ahead of Eternals' release in November.

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